Sunday, June 24, 2007

Shy Kids

We had company for supper Friday night, a rarity at our house (I wasn’t kidding when I said I lacked the gift of hospitality). Pie and Bub weren’t sure what to make of it, this appearance of a very tall dark-haired man and his petite fiancee at our dinner table. Pie wore her shyness with a kind of casual grace. At first she seemed merely to be glancing out the window, until I noticed that her head was fixed in a left-facing position, chin poised above her shoulder. Two pieces of pizza disappeared down the hatch, but she kept her gaze averted, never offering more than an occasional flirtatious glance towards the rest of us gathered around the table.

Bub, meanwhile, seemed chatty and comfortable – right up until the point when he got up from the table and tripped in mid-caper, falling clumsily to the ground. "Don’t worry!" he announced. "I’m not hurt!"

"You meant to do that, didn’t you?" hubby prompted, sensing a certain degree of embarrassment.

Bub didn’t move. "It’s okay," he reported, still not moving. "I’m all right." He held the pose for a minute or two longer, continuing to confirm the total absence of pain, before he collected himself enough to clamber up again.

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When supper was done, I tucked him into bed and climbed in so we could say our prayers together. I went through the usual litany of thanking God for the day and asking His blessing on friends and family. Then it was Bub’s turn.

"Great God and giver of all good," he began, and then paused for thought. "God bless the DVDs," he concluded. "Amen."

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I have a handful of short video clips taken on my digital camera. They are more audio clips than anything else – unless the lighting is very strong, little can be seen but shadows. My sister, on the other hand, has a more up-to-date model and loves to film her niece and nephew every time we visit, so this week she put together a year’s worth of videos and burned them to a disc for me. Here’s one of the highlights:

33 comments:

painted maypole said...

DVDs? sigh. sounds just like the May Queen's comment about TV I wrote about on Friday!

Poppy said...

My granddaughter calls them DDD's :)

Loved hearing The Pie speak ;)

nomotherearth said...

That "Hi!" was so lovely.

Karen said...

DVDs are really good. Amen.
Pie is really adorable, Amen.

Kyla said...

Ohhh! Look at that beautiful Pie! She is adorable! Her wee voice, her bright eyes, her baby cheeks. Oh my!

Mouse said...

Many thanks for the DVDs here too, sometimes from Scooter's mommies.

I really need to go through our videos and do something with them! How incredibly nice to get that DVD from your sister!

kittenpie said...

I'd be thanking him for THAT DVD. (
Which in our house are known as Diva-Dees.)

Mrs. Chicken said...

Oh, she is precious. Precious!

Em said...

cute pie :) Oh I love canadian accents!

Omaha Mama said...

Yes - God Bless DVDs! Especially for car trips!!!

Oh thank you for the video. I was just thinking you don't post nearly enough fluff here anymore! Love the cuteness! And those eyes!!!

My kids get weird and territorial at times when we have people over. "No really, they usually speak and make eye contact. Really."

Beck said...

Aw. What a sweetie.
Wait - she ate TWO pieces of pizza? I have a houseful of non-eaters here, obviously.

cinnamon gurl said...

Oh, I love the Pie's "Hi" on the video. Gorgeous!!

Luisa Perkins said...

Oh, so sweet. We have a similar DVD, and we never get tired indeed. God bless it, indeed.

bubandpie said...

Beck - They were smallish pieces of pizza, but yes. And a big bowl of strawberries. (Ah, there's #14.)

Jenn said...

Sounds like my prayers; thank god for baby einstein. And bedtimes. Let's not forget those.

She is sweetness defined.

Bon said...

she's so expressive, so sweet.

and Bub's prayer cracked me up - i brought my laptop in to Dave, who was in bed watching his own thirteenth Sherlock Holmes DVD of the week on his laptop - and told him he'd found a kindred soul.

Christine said...

Ok, that was the cutest video! My son is standing here declaring "that is funny! That is funny!"

And my boy always announces that "i'm ok!" every time he trips or falls.

JMA said...

She's sweet!

I love the "I'm okay!" My eldest fell so many times at Bub's age that he has been automatically conditioned to say it any time he falls. Did I mention that he's eight? Right.

slouching mom said...

And God bless the children who say, "God bless the DVDs."

She is totally adorable.

NotSoSage said...

Oh, I feel for Bub. He was feeling like he was doing just fine with the newcomers and then that trip...I can't figure out why tripping is so embarrassing, but it still is to me, even now.

And the lovely Pie, of course, with those big, expressive eyes of hers.

T with Honey said...

And thank God for the cute things our kids say. Adorable!!

Joy, of course! said...

Ah yes, God bless the DVDs indeed.

I don't know about shy kids. When someone comes to our house, my kids and dog run around them doing circus acts competing for the greatest applause. It can be a bit overwhelming for the satelite repairmen.

Great video of a very adorable girl.

kgirl said...

so cute, indeed.

Susanne said...

Thank you for sharing that video. And your story of course. And what karen said.

Lawyer Mama said...

Poor Bub. I feel the same way in social situations!

The video of the Pie is ADORABLE! Is that your voice on the video or your sister's? You just sound so, so, so ... Canadian. LOL!

(Sending up many prayers for the DVD's here too.)

bubandpie said...

That's my sis, LM. Many of her videos take on that kind of quiz-show vibe. (Maybe I'll post one of Bub a bit later in which she grills him on his alphabet and the "One two buckle my shoe" nursery rhyme while he tries vainly to escape.)

bren j. said...

So cute! Thanks for sharing.

mayberry said...

Darling ... I love the little toddler waddle-off at the end.

lildb said...

oh oh oh oh! it hurts, the cute. it hurts!

my favorite kind of pain.

Aliki2006 said...

I love the clip! And how she speaks and then coyly tries to run away and hide.

Jenifer said...

My girls do the, "I'm fine" when they hurt themselves doing something they are not allowed to do. As in they jump off the sofa, fall down hard, get up quickly and then proceed with many, "I'm fines."

Cute video, Pie is a sweetie. Bub's prayers are too funny. My girls are long and windy and include lots of praying for trips to Wonderland and/or McDonalds.

Lainey-Paney said...

What a funny little prayer!

:)

PunditMom said...

You know, DVDs ARE very important!